Events & Outreach

CommNS hosts special events, brown bags, and other outreach activities geared to build community, foster partnerships, and further our mission and vision.


Fall CommUniversity Events

November 6, 2019
Nonprofit Executive Panel, 12:00 pm, 5th Floor Nancy Nicholas Hall
Join the CommNS to hear the professional journeys of, and lessons learned by, nonprofit executive directors from a variety of organizations.

November 14, 2019
Wisconsin Nonprofit Scholars, 12:00 pm, 1199 Nancy Nicholas Hall
Join the CommNS to hear about current scholarship of UW system colleagues, focused on the nonprofit sector.

Save The Date!
April 9, 2020
CommNS Annual Event, “Getting the Work Done: How To’s for Community and Nonprofit Efforts”, at Union South.

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Past Events

Thank you Madison365 for covering this event! We had an exciting and educational day with our network and are grateful for partners like the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management and NLCP Peace Warriors who were a part of this day!  

This year we focused on “Where Mission Meets Advocacy”. In our mission-based work in communities, in nonprofit organizations, as scholars, or in developing our skills for our future careers, we often face the need to conduct different forms of advocacy to address root causes, systems change, policy, and context. Thank you for joining us for a day of exploring advocacy to advance your mission. 

Please see the below documents for more information.

Panelist and How To Sessions Bio Information
Where Mission Meets Advocacy Program

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Tonya Allen Visit, March 29th, 2019

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Thank you for joining our CommNS Focus Area Breakfast!

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2018 Annual Event

Above is the Keynote talk from Penn Loh, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Master of Public Policy Program and Community Practice at Tufts University, from our Spring 2018 Annual Event focused on “Funding and Social Change“, co-hosted by the CommNS and the Bader Institute.  All opinions expressed are exclusively those of the speaker.

We had an absolutely amazing turnout for our annual conference on “Funding & Social Change” hosted by both the Center on Community and Nonprofit Studies (UW-Madison) and the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management (UW-Milwaukee). Alongside community members, community partners, investors, funders, professionals, students, and professors, the CommNS deeply explored contemporary issues ranging from the assumptions and values about funding and social change to evaluation and capacity building in the nonprofit sector to address complex social issues. Through these critical discussions, attendees made personal connections that spanned several layers of the nonprofit sphere creating a new network of social change agents.

Please see below for our flyers of the event.

Summary Report - Funders and Front Lines - April 2019

Past Lunch & Learns

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  • Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 12-1pm, Room 1199 Nancy Nicholas Hall: Creative Community Engagement (View the event here)
  • Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 11am-12pm, Plenary Hall Nancy Nicholas Hall: How can universities support community change for health? The Obesity Prevention Initiative & the CommNS (View the event here)
  • Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 12-1pm, Room 1199 Nancy Nicholas Hall: Where is the power? Participatory mapping of community factors influencing nutrition and food environments in rural Ethiopia (View the event here)
  • Monday, February 13th, 2017: What makes for high quality community-engaged course partnerships?
    A generative discussion with instructors, Carolina Sarmiento, Michael Maguire, Jennifer Gaddis (View the event here)
  • Wednesday, February 8th, 2017: The Art of Storytelling, Alan Talaga (View the event here)
  • Monday, April 25th: Rethinking Residential Affordability and Mobility Within a Gentrifying Context, Dr. Revel Sims
  • Monday, March 28th: Community Studies, Dr. Alfonso Morales
  • Monday, March 14th: United We Engage-Wisconsin Campus Compact and the Quest to Advance the Civic Mission of Higher Education, Dr. Gavin Luter
  • Making Space for Undergraduate Education and Activism in the CommNS, Dr. Jennifer Gaddis (See flyer here for more information)
  • Liberating Service Learning, Dr. Randy Stoecker (See flyer here for more information)
  • Just a Click Away: How are Online Communities Changing Lives?, Jennifer Dalsen, Doctoral Student (See flyer here for more information)
  • The Multi-Level Effects of Youth Involvement in Grassroots Organizing, Dr. Veronica Terriquez (See flyer here for more information)
  • Dreams Assessment: an Evaluation Tool, Courtney Robinson, Masters Student (See flyer here for more information)
  • The Youth Research Hub: Examining Adolescents’ Online Social Networks, Dr. Mariah Kornbluh (See flyer here for more information)
  • What is Civic Studies, Alisa Pykett, Ph.D Student (See flyer here for more information)

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